EKU Signs Pledge to Support Education Pillar of "Got Your 6" Veterans Initiative

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Eastern Kentucky University has signed a pledge to support the Education pillar of “Got Your 6” by offering supportive veteran-specific resources, programs and policies.

“Got Your Six” is a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, broadcast and cable television networks, talent agencies and guilds that are united in changing the conversation in America with regards to veterans and military families.

Eastern is part of the first wave of more than 40 colleges and universities committed to heighten their support for current and future students who are also military veterans. Joining the Pat Tillman Foundation as major partners, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise are working together to offer peer support for veterans as the strive toward their higher education objectives.

To set up military veterans for success in civilian life, the “Got Your 6” campaign focuses on the six pillars of reintegration: Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Family and Leadership.

The “Got Your 6 Education Pillar: Transitioning through Education” will work in coordination with Student Veterans of America, the Pat Tillman Foundation and other partners to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities and offer supportive veteran-specific resources, programs and policies by June 2014.

“Working together, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Student Veterans of America have selected a leading group of institutions that will make the commitment to the “Got Your 6” education pillar, including Eastern Kentucky University,” said Chris Marvin, managing director of “Got Your 6.” “It is our mission to ensure many more colleges and universities will join us in pledging to support our veterans, which will have a lasting and positive effect not only on campuses, but in communities all across the country.”

EKU was formally introduced at a launch of the “Got Your 6” campaign’s Education Pillar at George Washington University on July 24.

“It was a great privilege to represent Eastern in the symbolic signing of the ‘Got Your 6’ Education Pillar Pledge,” said Lisa Cox, director of Student Outreach and Transition Services. “EKU’s commitment to excellence in serving our military and veterans is evidenced by being among one of the first 40 colleges to pledge even more support of those who have served.”

More than 1,000 military veterans and their dependents are now enrolled at the university. Many are taking advantage of EKU’s expanded online offerings, especially in the university’s Safety, Security and Emergency Management program.

EKU was one of the first 14 higher education institutions nationwide selected as a Tillman Military Scholar University for the 2012-13 academic year. College and university partners are chosen on the basis of their innovative services for military veterans and proven culture of community for military families.

In June, Andrew Napier, a biology/pre-medical science major at EKU who served six years in the Army National Guard, was selected as one of 59 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide.

Eastern was recently named a VetSuccess University by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and now has a full-time VA employee on staff to help veterans with their benefits issues.

The last two years, among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, EKU has earned No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings, respectively, from Military Times EDGE magazine for its commitment to helping military veterans further their education. It was also recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Eastern launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful.

Published on July 31, 2012